What does it mean to be courageous? Before writing this post, I thought about a question.
It was, what does one model have that another doesn’t?
- Is it her amazing beauty?
- Does she possess some alluring magic that makes agents swoop her up?
- Or, does she own a closet full of 100s of shoes?
I’ve got to say no to all of the above. Now, top models usually have “it“, I’ll agree.
But, the really amazing models have something rare:
Courage to get what they desire!
So, today I want to talk about why courage is important in modeling – and, how you can get the “bravery potion” you need to make your life better.
Why Courage is Important in Modeling – Are You Courageous and Strong Enough to Model? And, Can Courage Be Learned?
Can you be courageous and strong as a model? Or, do you get a panic attack when you step in front of the camera?
Many models and performers suffer from “camera anxiety“; especially beginner models. So, if this describes you, you are not alone!
But, what can you do about it?
I hope I can help you overcome these signs of anxiety so you can feel more comfortable in your shooting sessions, or going to model agency interviews.
First, what’s the definition of courage? I looked over at Wiki and here’s what they came up with..
“Courage (also called bravery or valor) is the choice and willingness to confront:
- or intimidation.
Physical courage is bravery in the face of:
- physical pain
- or threat of death.
Moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of:
- popular opposition
- or personal loss.”
Yes, those explanations all apply to courage. But for models, I feel it’s basically the ability to step outside yourself and do the things that feel awkward at first.
I know how you feel. In my younger days, I was so shy I couldn’t lead a group in silent prayer! 🙂
Yes, the motivation for overcoming shyness was there; but the willingness was not.
But, when I found myself in a college theater class, I discovered that those fears weren’t really all that scary.
Do you see what I’m talking about? Being brave or assertive in modelling is just a state of mind, moving from one perception to another.
Remember, dreading something is almost always worse than doing it. And..
Courage Can Lead to Great Things – Your Modeling Career And Your Happiness!
Some models laugh at me when I tell them they have to be brave to model.
But, in fact, the best models constantly step outside their comfort zones to meet the challenges of modeling.
So, here are ways to break free with courage – and get what you want from modeling.
Can Courage Exist Without Fear?
This is a common question – Can courage really exist without fear?
I’d have to say “No“. I once heard a hero soldier say:
“A hero is a person who is brave 5 minutes longer than everybody else.”
So, you might just have to overcome your fears a little longer than the other models in your class.
But, when you decide to do that, here’s what courage can do for you..
Courage helps you begin to better your life. It helps you take risks to a brighter modeling future that you usually wouldn’t take.
When you establish courage, you put fear behind you.
What is Bravery?
Bravery is when you admit that you have doubts, yet you’re willing to find a way to defeat those fears.
And, you will NOT let these fears take charge of your life!
Self Direct Your Life
When you establish courage, you’ll learn to self-direct your life. You’ll learn to accept failures and rewards graciously.
A courageous model frequently feels motivated to accept blame and responsibility while using what they learn to move forward in a career.
They will step to the front of the game, instead of self-doubt when modeling opportunities come their way.
On the other hand, a brave model steps back to take a look at his or her errors gracefully.
To Be a Braver Model – You Need to Relax
A woman or man looking for a better modeling life will learn to relax.
As a winner, you’ll relax even when plans fail.
For example, if you really blow the agency interview, the next day you’ll find something else to occupy your time and downplay that “failed” adventure.
To get successful and better your modelling career, you should trust yourself.
When you trust yourself, it’s easier to trust others.
Sadly, we live in a world where trust is difficult to find. But, when you do your homework (research), and trust your intuition, you can’t blame other people when things go wrong.
For Less Fear in Modeling – Use Your Creative Mind
Overcoming fear & anxiety in modeling includes using your creative and critical mind.
For instance, when you produce fresh, new posing ideas, you’ve got a much better chance for a successful photo shoot.
Yes, you’ll find plenty of options in this world. But, you have to reach deep inside to find the best choices.
We all feel uncomfortable occasionally. This is a common human equation.
So, here are some questions for you to answer – if you plan to succeed in modelling, or any other goal in life.
- Are you willing to accept your limitations? Maybe at a model agency interview you feel lost.
- Are you willing to discover a way to impress the interviewer? Hint: Find questions they ask and rehearse your answers – or at least decide how you will reply.
- Will you allow a negative attitude to cost you the job? Or, do you believe in yourself because you really learned your craft through study & practice?
Acceptance is one of the keys to your total happiness.
When you learn to accept the good with the bad, you move one step closer to a happier and better life.
When I write about goals for models, I always suggest that you try to find a balance between..
- and spiritual goals.
When you set goals for all three, and get close to achieving them, you’ll experience an exhilaration you’ve never felt before.
My final thought? A model with only her career as a goal will not be happy.
Yes, courage is considered to be a virtue. And, once you take the first leap of faith, you’ll find it easier the next time.
Remember, Scrooge only had one goal in mind at first – to make money. Don’t fall into that trap. Be courageous in all walks of life – and brave enough to improve your total being.
Here’s to your success! ~ Bob
What Are You Going to Do Today to Overcome Shyness and Be More Courageous?
As I said at the first of this post, the models who seem to get ahead in their careers show no fear.
Does this mean they are never shy or anxious? Not at all.
But, these models go ahead and do what they need to make their modeling dream a reality.
IMPORTANT! – I said models do what it takes; not whatever it takes! Don’t let this business steer you into situations that are immoral or against your beliefs – many do.
With that out of the way, you might still feel shy in front of agents, or in the photographer’s studio.
Still Need Help Fighting Social Fears or Anxiety?
If you’ve read this, and still feel you need help getting your fears and shyness under control, I found a great program by Sean Cooper.
To learn more, see Sean’s program here..
Sean says that many highly intelligent people are shy or socially inept.
And, since you are intelligent and a performer, does this describe you?
Do you get nervous before social events or even avoid meeting new people?
It’s not your fault
– And, you don’t have to live with these fears..
So, don’t waste another minute worrying about whether you’re too shy to start your modeling career or, to scared to make a new friend.
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